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2/11/2016 – 3:21 pm

Hancock County will begin the process of adding security features to the Hancock County Court buildings. The County Commissioners approved a resolution to conduct a study of the issue on Thursday. Earlier this week, the courts presented a plan to contract with The National Center for State Courts to review the courts in Hancock County and determine ways to modify the existing buildings and combine efforts to improve security. Commissioner Phil Riegle said that the study was a first step in that process.

Audio: Phil Riegle

The study would look at the existing structure and usage of the Hancock County Courthouse and the Hancock County Justice Center. Proposed plans could include connecting both buildings to allow for one secure entrance, helping to better regulate security. Riegle said that the county is also in talks with the City of Findlay on the proposal to see if the Municipal Court could be included in the study as well.

Audio: Phil Reigle

The current study is projected to cost over $22,000 and Riegle said that that cost could rise if the city came on board due to increasing the scope of the study. Any proposed plans would also affect ongoing plans on the development of Dorney Plaza and Riegle said that in the future, the commissioners will meet with all the partners to finalize a proposal on any project.

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2/11/2016 – 2:11 pm

The Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau had a successful year in 2015. Director Alissa Preston says that the bureau is always working with all organizations in the county on ways to effectively plan and promote their events each year.

Audio: Alissa Preston

The Bureau presented a review of their work over the last year to the Hancock County Commissioners on Thursday. In particular, they recapped the work they did in helping to promote over 68 events throughout the county. Commissioner Phil Riegle praised their work, particularly in their outreach to the rural villages and communities throughout Hancock County.

Audio: Phil Riegle

In 2016, the bureau plans to devote resources to helping organizations in the county effectively plan and promote their meetings and events. For more information regarding their work, you can visit the bureau online at VisitFindlay.com.

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Glenwood Middle School in Findlay will be looking for a new principal next year. That’s because the current principal, David Alvarado, has officially accepted an offer to become Hopewell-Loudon’s next superintendent. The Review-Times reports the board of education approved a contract for Alvarado at a Wednesday night meeting.

Alvarado will start on August 1. Interim Superintendent Rodney Russell will continue in his role until the end of July.

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2/11/16 – 5:23 A.M.

Ottawa village council talked about cleaning a ditch that runs through town during a meeting this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips gave the group a revised estimate for clearing around 9,400 feet of Tawa Run. He said it would cost roughly $27,000.

Council members were informed all but a few hundred feet of the ditch is within village limits. Phillips said the work would include removing any debris in the waterway away from the stream inside Ottawa village limits. But, those in the township could be responsible for removing debris from their property once it is taken out of Tawa Run.

Council voted to table the matter until a more concrete cost estimate can be made.

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2/11/16 – 5:12 A.M.

A new sheriff has been named in Putnam County. The Toledo Blade reports Tim Meyer will run the department for the rest of the year. He takes over for Lt. Dave Roney, who had been serving as the interim sheriff since Michael Chandler died on January 27.

Meyer has worked with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office since 1978.

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2/11/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Fire ripped through a Rawson home early Wednesday morning. The Rawson fire department was called to 227 South Main Street around 1:15 a.m. after someone driving by saw smoke and alerted the homeowners. Two people living in the home were able to evacuate safely.

30 firefighters from four departments were called in to fight the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family with temporary housing, clothing, and food.

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2/11/16 – 4:52 A.M.

A Liberty Township home was destroyed when a garage fire spread to the rest of the house Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to 10610 Hancock County Road 9 around 10:10 p.m. Fire Chief Gene Stump tells the Courier the home is a complete loss.

34 firefighters from two departments were called in to fight the flames. No one was hurt, but four dogs were killed in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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2/10/16 – 7:07 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber has appointed a new member to its board of directors. Susan Davis, the executive vice president of the Asia-Pacific region for Johnson Controls, was appointed to the board Tuesday. Johnson Controls is a global technology and industrial company.

Davis is based in China, where she is the lead officer for the company in the region.

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2/10/16 – 6:58 A.M.

Fostoria firefighters battled flames in a vacant mobile home Tuesday. The Review-Times reports the fire broke out around 5 a.m. in lot 109 at Nye’s Trailer Park on North Countyline Street. People living in nearby homes were evacuated and no one was injured.

An investigation into the blaze showed that utilities to the trailer had been turned off. The case has been handed over to the Fostoria Police Department.

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